What is blind to the eye; is not to the earth

Essay by emilie-soccer-10High School, 10th gradeA-, May 2008

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You buy a chocolate bar, and then what do you do? You throw the wrapper on the ground when there is a garbage can 2 feet away. Then, you want to get a coffee, so you get in your car and drive down the street when it only takes an extra 15 minutes to walk there. You throw the coffee cup on the ground and it ends up in a nearby river. The wrapper doesn't just take flight with the wind and disappear, the exhaust from your car isn't insignificant to the atmosphere and the cup doesn't just float away. Just because you can't see every little bit of pollution, it doesn't mean it's not there. By hand, water or air, pollution is a problem to everyone who walks our planet and although there have been negative changes in the climate and environment, there are always solutions.

When we ask ourselves what is the main cause of pollution, the answer isn’t animals, or nature; it is us.

The garbage is there, yet we throw it on the ground. The coffee shop is 15 minutes away, yet we take the car. And instead of using designated dumping areas, our garbage is dumped in the ocean. All the decisions we make, whether we realize it or not, affect our environment in a negative way. For example, since the 1990’s, trillions of plastic items discarded in the ocean were held together by swirling currents which eventually formed the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch which now covers an area twice the size of the United States. Every piece of garbage thrown in the ocean in the past 50 years is still out there. What do you have to say about that? I say, we should stop pointing fingers at others and take a good...